Uppity Women

It’s been fun getting comments from so many of you who have seen the show at Fox Fine Jewelry!  I’m always glad to hear that someone recognizes my work, and enjoys it.  Just this week a friend from Ojai, and the young man who washes windows for me, each said they had recognized my “uppity women” in the window at Fox!

And it continues to be good for me when I get to spend time in my Studio.  Right now I have two pieces waiting to be fired, and two more maquettes (studies for a bigger piece), waiting for me to see if they really want to be bigger or not.  Sometimes those ladies seem to have a mind of their own!

I started using a new terra cotta clay this week, one with a little less grog in it, so it could be a little smoother.  I’m anxious to see how it fires.  And I continue to try to incorporate some of the things I learned in the three day workshop in Sedona a few months ago.

Show at Fox Fine Jewelry

How nice it was to see some of you at Fox Fine Jewelry last Saturday for the opening of “Land Shapes”.  It was a happy crowd,  enjoying art, friends, jewelry, and even some great viola music!  I was especially pleased to see friends from Camarillo and Ojai. My next show will open in Thousand Oaks at Hillcrest Center for the Arts.

A happier me

Here’s a picture of me holding “Big Mama” before the show.

It feels so good to have the clay finally begin to feel good in my hands again.

“Dancing in the Sunshine”, currently in the “Land Shapes” show at Fox Fine Jewelry in Ventura, was the first ‘happy’ piece  during the past year. Then a trip to Sedona to take a sculpture class encouraged me to try a few new techniques, sort of gave me a new incentive.  So now I let the clay get a little firmer, use larger slabs, and make liberal use of the paddle!  Small things, but it makes me work differently, and hopefully, better and happier.  “Big Mama” and “Twinkle Toes” are the direct result of a couple of new techniques, and a happier me.  (The good news is that “Big Mama” has sold!)